Don't they understand that the only way we can hope to grow Minnesota's economy is to give more money to the rich and hope they give us a little of it back? Clearly, the problem with the state budget is "middle class entitlements" (Thank you David Strom).
Ignore the man behind the curtain:
Minnesota Republicans will have a hard time arguing that the temporary tax hike is unfair. In recent years, the share of the state budget paid by the wealthiest Minnesotans has shrunk dramatically, according to a City Pages analysis of state Department of Revenue figures. In 2002, the top 10 percent of taxpayers paid a lesser share of their income in state and local taxes than many middle- and upper-middle-class families. And the top 1 percent paid the lowest effective tax rate of all. Meanwhile, middle-income Minnesotans, those making $35,684 to $102,426 in 2002, are paying the highest percentages.